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Hi I'm Jacob

I am studying economics for my undergrad. I enjoy playing chess. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm kind of a quirky guy who likes chess and economics. I am friendly, but shy. Also, I love music, especially Keane, Pat Metheny, and Steely Dan. I enjoy writing my own music and performing with my band, The Frames. I enjoy teaching myself things, like simple coding in Java, and languages. I enjoy reading very much, especially books that have to do with philosophy or religion. I really enjoy playing card games as well, especially spades.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church. I have learned about it my whole life, I have read the Book of Mormon, prayed about it, and for that and many other reasons, I have come to have a strong conviction that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I read my scriptures every morning, and I pray to God every day about my issues and questions and concerns. I find great comfort in doing so. I am seeking to be a more caring person by looking for opportunities to serve and get outside myself. I go to church every week as well, which is important to me and provides me with direction and helps me remember throughout my week what I ought to focus on, which is serving God and others.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Jacob
We view the temple as the house of God, sort of like a piece of Heaven on earth. Since we regard it as a holy place, not everybody is allowed to enter and participate in the ordinances performed there. While this may be viewed as restrictive to some, this follows the same logic practiced by the House of Israel in the Old Testament times, when only holders of the priesthood could enter certain parts of the temple, and had to be ritually washed and prepared in order to do so. In Psalms 24:3-4 we read " Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully." We follow the spirit of these verses in determining who may or may not enter the temple. In the temple, people participate in ordinances and make covenants with God, and also act as proxies by performing these same ordinances and covenants for those who have passed on without having these things done when they were alive. The purpose of these ordinances is to seal people together as families, which means sealing couples together and sealing parents to their children. Ultimately, these ordinances are here to help bring us closer to God and eventually return to live with Him again by teaching us about who God is, who we are in relation to Him, why we are here on the earth and what God expects of us while we are here. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Jacob
The church's attitude regarding homosexuality is quite simple: we believe that homosexual behavior violates divine law, or in other words, God has commanded against homosexual behavior. It is a sin the same way that stealing, lying, breaking the Sabbath day, greed, etc. are sins. This does not mean that the church views homosexuals, whether practicing or not, in any pejorative or negative way. The church views those who engage in homosexual behaviors the same way they view somebody who is engaged in any other sin, as somebody who needs to repent and bring their lives more in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ. As far as same sex marriage goes, the church does not support it. To support it would be contradictory to the gospel in at least two ways: first, supporting it may imply the support of homosexual activity itself, which the church does not do, and second, same sex marriage, if legalized, would cause a shift in the way that society thinks about and defines families in a way that goes against our understanding of God's definition and purpose of the family. We see the family as the divinely approved union of a man and a woman who together bring children into the world and raise them. Same sex marriage does not fit that model, in fact it changes it in a way that contradicts both moral and doctrinal beliefs held by the church, and as a result, is not supported by the church. Show more Show less